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0It’s That Time of the Year!
Here are My 2016 Resolutions.
What are Yours?

#1.  Prepare and Practice for each Presentation
even if I’ve given it 100+ times.

  • It might be the umpteenth time I’ve delivered it, but it’s the first time most of the audience have heard it.
  • The size of the audience doesn’t matter. I should always give my best.
  • “Practice makes perfect.”  No!
  • “Perfect Practice makes Perfect.” – No such thing!
  • The one I subscribe to is: “The road to perfection never ends!”

#2.  Regularly Refresh and Update my Content and Delivery.

  • The only constant is Change. I’ll continue to practice Kaizen, the Japanese word meaning continuous improvement.

#3.  Get Out of my Comfort Zone with Content and Delivery.

  • When we Get Out of our Comfort Zone – our Comfort Zone becomes Larger!
  • Insert new material.
  • Refresh images, video clips, and sound effects.

#4.  Study, Study, and Study about my subject of Expertise,
the Art & Science of Public Speaking/Presenting.

  • I always learn new things from the blogs, articles, books and videos I seek out on public speaking/presentations.

#5.  Continue to regularly publish Posts with great Content,
and to place the Audio in each Post.

  • The combination of Written Post + Audio Post has made me a better writer and a better speaker.
  • Make more Video Posts.
    • Place the Transcript below; the Audio, above.

#6.  Take just about every opportunity I can to Speak.  Paid and Fee Waived. Read More→

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PERFECT!


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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

When you’re giving a presentation, it’s not the same as being in a play, singing a duet, or being a participant in a marching band.

It doesn’t have to be Perfect!

If you’re not giving the presentation you wanted to give, or the one you’ve given before, it doesn’t matter! No one knows, unless you say something!

This is important.
When you realize it, the quality of your presentation will go up, and your anxiety will go down. And I guarantee your presentation will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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oTo Do Three Things. . .

Transcript
Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

The bottom line of all communication; verbal, written, or visual is the same: “We want the recipients, as quickly as possible, to – GET IT!

“They may not agree with everything you say. They may not agree with anything. But unless they GET IT!, you can’t have a conversation going forward.

For them to GET IT! We have to do three things as a speaker.
Number one, Educate.
I want you to leave this video knowing more about public speaking the you did when you started it.

I need to Entertain you.
We like to be entertained, right? If I’m entertaining you, I have your attention. If I have your attention, that increases the odds you GET IT!

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oMake Points and Support Them with Stories.

Transcript

Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

The formula for the body of your speech is: make several points, tell stories to reinforce those points. Personal stories if possible.

One of the fears people have of Public Speaking is, “I’ve got nothing to talk. What could I ever get up and talk about that anyone would have any interest in?”

Nonsense!

Everyone has something to talk about. Let me tell you story.

I was teaching a special class; inner city church ladies. I speak the first night and I give them the components, parts, and elements of a speech, plus some other tips on public speaking and presentation skills. They come back a week later and gave five-minute presentations.

They blew me away! Outstanding! Outstanding presentations!

One lady, though, waits till the very end, she walks up to the front and she goes, “I-I-I don’t have anything to talk about.” She started to sit down. Read More→

Nov
30

No Buzzwords!

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oHere’s a Great Tip: Don’t Use Buzzwords!


Transcript
Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here’s a great tip: Don’t use buzzwords!

Every industry, and I’ll bet yours, has buzzwords, acronyms, techno-speak. Don’t use that!

You don’t impress people with words they don’t know. You make them feel stupid! If they feel stupid, they’re going to turn you off, and they’re certainly not going to do business with you.

Let me give you example: I work with some people in the financial industry, and they’ll have prospects and customers in front of them and they’ll talk about ETFs or EFTs, I’m not even sure what it is, and mutual funds and derivatives. And the people are sitting there in the audience going, “Yeh. Got it!” They don’t! And they won’t work with those folks who told them those words.

We see the Emperor with no clothes; no one says anything.

That’s my tip. Keep buzz words, acronyms, and techno-speak out of your presentation.

Do that, and I guarantee: Your next presentation will be positively, absolutely; There’s no doubt in my mind – that presentation will be – NO SWEAT! Read More→

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oImages!

Transcript
Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

If you’re going to use slides in your presentation, and it’s a great idea, don’t use bullet points!

Bullet Points Kill!  –  Kill the Bullet Points!
Nobody comes to a presentation to read your speech!

Here’s the solution: Use high quality, universally understood, images. Here’s an example: If I say the word, Apple, you probably don’t see A-p-p-le. You probably see something round, red, stem coming out of it.

Okay, let’s try another one. Kiwifruit  – kiwifruit! Let’s do like the eye doctor does: Better? – Better? No one ever says, “Oh, Fred ,stop on that text! I can’t wait to get out of the seminar and go buy some kiwi fruit.

This stuff works!

Try it and I guarantee: your next presentation will be absolutely, positively, there’s no doubt my mind, that presentation will be – NO SWEAT! Read More→

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oTHREE gives Completeness!

Transcript:

Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Speakers, there is something MAGIC about THREE!

One for Emphasis: Video is a great way to practice a presentation.
Two for Comparison: Black – white.
Three: Completeness. I’m going to give you some examples in a moment.
Four or more for a List: Shopping List or a To-Do.

Here’s the examples of Three for Completeness:
“I Speak, Coach, and Write, about Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.”

If we want the audience to GET IT! we need to “Educate, Entertain, and Explain.” Read More→

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oThe Consummate Business Interviewers: Listen. . .

Jim Wright and Jeff Arthur, co-hosts of the syndicated Smart Biz Show ask the right questions and contribute their own experiences and expertise on the important topic of Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Jim Wright and Jeff Arthur, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated Smart Biz Show, ask the right questions and contribute their own experiences and expertise on the important business topic: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Topics discussed include:
• The Fear of Public Speaking.
• Preparing and Practicing a Presentation.
• Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication.
• The Power of Storytelling. Read More→

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o SIX Reasons It’s a Great Investment!

Hire a Public Speaking / Presentation CoachAthletes have coaches. Actors have directors. Business people have mentors. Bottom line: no matter what skill you want to improve, you can get it to a higher level quicker by hiring a professional coach. This definitely applies to improving your public speaking and presentation skills.

The greatest investment you can ever make is in yourself.

My mantra is: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!” The research shows people who take and make those “Speaking Opportunities,” grow their businesses, advance their Careers, and increase their Leadership Opportunities.

The Return on the Investment of hiring a coach can be Phenomenal!

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Hiring a professional presentation coach can help in many ways. Here are some:

  1. The Content of your presentations.
    • They can help:
      • Develop great content that includes important points that support your premise, and work with you on stories that reinforce those points.
      • Create a presentation that follows a specific structure that ensures your audience GETS IT! Read More→
Oct
26

Six Rules for Q&A

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Q&A0 Not done correctly, the Q&A Session of your presentation can destroy an otherwise excellent talk. Don’t let that happen!

Done correctly, the Q&A Session can add value to your presentation. It’s an opportunity to connect directly with the audience, demonstrate you know your topic in depth, and are skillful at presenting more than your prepared address.

Let’s look at Six Rules for Q&A that will have a positive impact on the audience and make you a better presenter.

1. In your Opening, tell the audience when you’ll be taking questions.

  • Usually, the best time to have a Q&A Session is after the body of your talk, and before your Closing.
  • There are several reasons why:
    • What do you do if, in the first five minutes of your speech, someone asks about something you’ve included in your third to last slide?
    • Do you answer it and immediately have to change the structure of your prepared talk, or say, ‘I’ll get to that.’?
    • Both are poor options. They interrupt and distract you and the audience, and eat up presentation time.
      • How many times have you been to a talk and the presenter says, “Gosh! We have only five minutes left, and I’vel got fifteen more slides to show you. Hold on!”
  • The Closing is the Closing (That’s why it’s called the Closing!)
    Here’s why: The last thing you say and do will be the first thing the audience will remember.    Read More→


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